A new exhibit in Amsterdam curated by Amy Winehouse’s brother Alex offers a highly personal journey through the life of the gifted artist and performer.
“Life and Fate,” the 900-page opus by Vasily Semyonovich Grossman, is important not only as literature, but also as a history of Stalinist Russia. Since 2006 it has been available as a paperback from NYRB Classics, recently turned into a radio play on U.K.’s BBC 4, and a newly minted paperback can now be found in British and European airport and railway station bookshops, at hand’s reach of travellers used to a diet of pulp fiction.
The killing fields of World War I shattered thinking about art. Jews helped lead the avant-garde Dada movement that attacked bourgeois society for causing the carnage.